The trailer, released today (June 13) was apparently intended for an overseas audience. It is filmed in English with Turkish subtitles.
The picture was screened in the main competition section at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival and is expected to be released in U.S. theaters in September.
Kidman plays Gertrude Bell, a true life British explorer, traveler, archaeologist and, some say, spy who played a pivotal role in the post-colonial era in the Middle East, leading up to and following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire during World War I.
Pattinson plays British officer T.E. Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia. He led an Arab army against the Turks during the war. Lawrence was a colleague and they worked closely together, but he was not one of her lovers.
Franco plays Henry Cadogan, a member of the English peerage and second son of the 5th Earl Cadogan, who became Bell’s lover.
After a tragic affair with Cadogan, then a diplomat in the Middle East and an obsessive gambler, Bell devotes herself to the Middle East affairs. She was fluent in Arabic, Persian, French and German and earned the trust of chieftains and sheikhs, according to a movie synopsis.
She mapped much of the region on various archaeological expeditions and was praised for her courage, stamina and tenacity at a time when women rarely ventured outside the home.
Because of her position, she became a major player in Middle-East politics, carving out countries like Iraq and Jordan. Bell was also a witness to the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Turks in 1915.
She died in 1925 from an overdose of sleeping pills, although her death was never ruled a suicide.
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